Veganism is a way of living that seeks excluding all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. It may sound hard to try being a vegan however there are different ways to embrace vegan life style. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat including fish, shellfish and insects, dairy, eggs and honey- as well as products like leather or make up and any tested product tested on animals.
One must keep in mind that being vegan is not only about the diet. Preventing exploitation of animals in not the only reason for becoming vegan but for many it remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Emotional attachment with animals is one of the many reasons to become vegan while some believe that all sentient creatures have the right to have a life and freedom. Besides, avoiding animal products is one the most common ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and exploitation happening everywhere.
Veganism is not only good for animal rights but also beneficial for your health. More people are becoming vegan for its health benefits such as increased energy, younger and freshed looking skin that are scientifically proven benefits compared to average western diet.
Well-planned plant based diets are rich in protein, calcium, iron and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world's biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
It is as exciting as it sounds that your diet can change the world!
The world's population has doubled since 60's while the meat production has "quadrupled". In some areas, livestock production has been increasing massively; as there are 4 and a half times as many tonnes of pig produced in 2013 when compared to 1961, in the meantime chicken production increased almost 12 times. These numbers have been growing since.
Changing the World as a Vegan
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that by 2050 world meat production will have almost doubled as the Western taste for meat, eggs and dairy products continues to grow.
This trend will continue to contribute to global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction. More animals mean more crops will be needed to feed them: the planet cannot feed both increasing human and farmed animal populations considering there will be around 2-4 billion more human to feed by 2050.
Thus, if we are trying to reduce our car use, limit the amount of water we waste, become more energy efficient and generally lessen our environmental impact, we must examine the most important factor "what we eat".
However there are some good news. There is something we can all do about. Whenever we shop or order food in a restaurant everytime we eat we can choose to help these animals and ourselves. Everytime we make the switch from an animal product to vegan one we are standing up for farmed animals everywhere. Going vegan is easier than ever before with veganism becoming increasingly mainstream as more and more people from all walks of life discover the benefits of living this way.
It is time to ask yourselves if it is now possible to live a life that involves delicious food and drink, delivers better health, leaves a smaller carbon footprint and avoids killing other creatures, then why don't we give it at least a try?
In Istanbul there are many restaurants that serves delicious vegan food, here are some of our suggestions:
It is one of the most favorited vegan place in Beyoglu. It has a back garden that takes you away from the crowd of Beyoglu and offers rich menu with delicious food. They both have daily and fixed menus. Some of their favorite dishes are veggy lasagna and hash browns that goes well with their lemonade and ginger soda.
Bi Nevi Karaköy
This place is one of the most visited places in Karakoy providing alternatives for vegans. Their menu includes recipes made with kinoa, chia seeds, avocado and tofu as well as vegan pasta and raw appetizers.
Having mostly black sea dishes, this restaurant located in Beyoglu also offers veggy and vegan dishes. Its most famous dishes are black cabbage soup thyme salad and dry stuffed aubergines.
Written by Tuğçe MERİÇ